Pekka Haavisto, the caretaker chairperson of the Green League, is the favourite of 22 per cent of Finns to become the next prime minister of Finland, shows a poll by Lännen Media. (Credit: Mesut Turan – Lehtikuva)

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PEKKA HAAVISTO, the interim chairperson of the Green League, was perhaps surprisingly the most popular choice in an opinion poll commissioned by Lännen Media, a joint media venture established by 12 regional newspapers in 2014.

The poll respondents were asked to choose their favourite candidate for prime minister from a randomly ordered list of the chairpersons of all parties represented in the Finnish Parliament.

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Over a fifth (22%) of respondents viewed that Haavisto, a co-founder of the Green League and an ex-Minister of the Environment, would be the most suitable candidate to lead the next Finnish government.

Petteri Orpo (NCP), the Minister of Finance, was the clear runner-up in the poll, with 16 per cent of respondents viewing that he would make the best prime minister for Finland. Prime Minister Juha Sipilä (Centre) was the choice of 13 per cent and Antti Rinne, the chairperson of the poll-topping Social Democrats, that of 12 per cent of respondents.

Juho Rahkonen, the managing director of Taloustutkimus, views that the respondents clearly seem to appreciate the constructive, diplomatic and conciliatory leadership style of Haavisto. Finns, he added, are contrastively more reluctant to elect an unpredictable brawler as the leader of the next government.

“Finns are most opposed to a character like US President Donald Trump,” he elaborated to Lännen Media.

Despite the popularity of its caretaker chairperson, the Green League has lost ground in opinion polls in recent months. Fewer than 13 per cent of voters would currently vote for the opposition party, according to an opinion poll published ahead of Christmas by Alma Media.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi

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